[ cher-ee-pik ]
/ ˈtʃɛr iˌpɪk /

verb (used with object)

to select with great care: You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.

verb (used without object)

(in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.

Nearby words

  1. cherry pie,
  2. cherry plum,
  3. cherry red,
  4. cherry tomato,
  5. cherry-bob,
  6. cherry-pie,
  7. cherry-red spot,
  8. cherry-red spot myoclonus syndrome,
  9. cherrystone,
  10. chersonese

Origin of cherry-pick

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cherry-pick



(tr) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one's own benefit or gaincherry-pick the best routes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cherry-pick



"to select the very best selfishly," 1959 (implied in cherry-picking), American English ("Billboard"), a pejorative figurative sense,from cherry (n.) + pick (v.). Related: Cherry-picked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper